Two recently discovered species of Peacock spider, discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia by UC Berkeley graduate student Madeline Girard who promptly nicknamed them ‘Sparklemuffin’ and ‘Skeletorus’.
The arachnids measure just 0.75cm across and, like other Peacock spiders, are named on account of their colourful displays and elaborate mating dance.
Animal Earth is a 320 page book featuring extraordinary photographs of some of the world’s most obscure and eye-candiful species compiled by a panel of animal specialists and researchers.
The book, published by Thames and Hudson will be released mid November.
Above: the ‘sea angel’, Clione limacine (pic: Alexander Semenov); a toxic nudibranch sea slug Chromodoris annulata (pic: Arthur Anker); a Bougainvillia superciliris jellyfish with a hitchhiking Hyperia galba amphipod (pic: Alexander Semenov); the compound eyes of a cynipid wasp (pic: Tomas Rak); the colourful tentacles of a tube-dwelling serpulid polychaete and a segmented annelid (both pix: Alexander Semenov).